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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fresh sour cherries (krieken) in two year old Lambiek. We use approximately 300 gr cherries for 1 liter Kriek. The second fermentation in the bottle is obtained through addition of a liqueur, made with beer and saccharose.
(Translated from the bottle by Martinus)


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
2003 Vintage; Nose is tartness with some cherries as a bonus; Transparent hemoglobin red with a small pink head; Flavor is gueuze sour with a little barnyard, and the cherry flavor added.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
2003 bottle. Aroma is cherry, with a bit of pie crust, sourness, smells like a black cherry basically. Body is rich mohaganey with a thin pink head on top. Taste is very tart, with cherries, a bit doughy with the sourness and pie crust once again shows up. Complex beer that as drink more brings out balance but still maintains expectations.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21334) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Bottled (Lou Pepe Kriek 2002). Deep ruby red colour, small head. Aroma is cantillonish sourness, but a lot of sour cherries also. Flavour is cherry, sourness and some cookies and nuts. Lovely balanced Cantillon. I just loved it. Thanks to Magic_dave6 & co for sharing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
(2002)Pure lambic goodness. Aroma is sour taste is sour its flat its lambic its just greatness!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2006
(label says 2001 vintage, cork says it was bottled in 2002) after i removed the bottle cap, there was a little liquid on the cork (which was soft) but this didnt seem to effect the beer. poured hazey deep red with good carbonation. Funky barnyard aromas noted before i even bring this to my nose. nose is oaky, dry sour cherries, vinegar. Flavor is more funky cherries, with notes of oak on the palate. Sourness is not as intense as its sister (the lou pepe frambroise) but equally enjoyable. Thanks to hopistotle420 for this gift bottle. Amazing stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (8051) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 First rating
Bottle at Delirium Cafe in Gothenburg, August 2006
Cantillon Kriek 2002 "Lou Pepe".
Shady deep red blood orange color, small white to pink head. Sour and bitter almond cherry seed scent. Very sour cherry taste, no bitterness at all. The sour goes on all night!
8/3/6/2/12=3.1

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750 ml bottle on January 8, 2011. Vintage 2007
Thanks to Nisse666!
Hazy dark red color, pink head. Cherry pip scent, also moussy smell Acidic but smooth taste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
8/4/7/3/15=3.7

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75 cl bottle at 3 Små Rum, 2007 version
Sampled on December 22, 2011
Clear dark deep red color, pink head. Acidic, sour, stable, complex, wonderful scent. Taste about the same as the scent, just beautiful, could smell and taste this all night, damn it is so good! Moussy mouthfeel, at the same time mouthfpuckering sour. Very very low bitterness.
Oh so damn nice!
9/4/9/4/19=4.5

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 Tap at Brouwers.

Pours a saturated light red with a perfect pink head, long-lived lovely fine bubbles that sip like cream. The sour cherry and barnyard aroma is well-reflected in the flavor; there a tremendous sour cherry juice explodes inside a latrine-dominated lambic. Hints of oak at the side of the palate, amply but not overly carbonated; less of that back-of-the-nose lambic burn than one might otherwise expect given the intensity of the lambic character. Very nice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 2003 bottle from The Belgian Room, NYC. This beer gains a lot as it warms. Funky sour aroma gives a blast of fresh cherries even 3 years (edit: 1 year) after bottling as the beer enters the mouth. Breathing through the mouth really amplifies the brilliant aroma. After a very brief cherry punch in the mouth, the beer proceeds into familiar sour lambic flavor before imparting a strong white wine muskiness in the finish. The muskiness fades as it warms, allowing more balanced flavors to shine through. More cherry in the finish as the beer coats the lips and leaves lots of flavors for the licking. Sourness wasn’t quite as intense or brutal as I’ve seen in other Cantillons, less acidic/vinegary/minerals, instead softer and smoother. Top-notch stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (5274) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of rudolf via Secret Santa. Huge funky sour/tart aroma with a hint of cherry. Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a small pink head. Huge tart and sour flavors up front. Increased sourness than most Cantillons. Hints of cherry in the middle. Not very wood when compared to other Cantillons. Finishes with an increased sour presence. Absolutely awesome and ranks up there with the St. Lamvinus as my favorite lambic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10388) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
2001 Vintage corked and capped bottle. Pours a deep red garnet with a frothy and small pink head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is sour cherry and green berries, yeast (cellar, cobwebs), malt (straw), vinegar and lemon notes. Tongue tantalizing and mouth watering tart, sour bitter fruit (cherry, lemon zest), moderate acidity that increases as the beer temperature rises, the sweetness of the fruit is hidden, notes of fruit skin and oak. Medium bodied, dry and clean palate.


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